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May 4, 2009 05:20 PM

Romantic Birthday in Providence or vicinity

We want to try a new place with excellent food for my husband's Birthday. We already frequent Chez Pascal ( my favorite), Al Forno, New Rivers...I was thinking about D. Carlo in Smithfield, Carmine on Federal Hill, DeWolfe in Bristol (although it has mixed reviews), a French place in Attleboro?. We tried Persimon once, but we had a bad table in the middle of waiter traffic, and the noise was overwhelming--also why we have not tried Siena yet...We have not cared fro Gracie's the two times we tried it, much prefer the food and ambiance at CP. Any recommendations, reviews, etc...?

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  1. If you are looking for a romantic place with wonderful restaurants and some nice B/B 's go to Newport.

    1. The food's not on the same level as that of Chez Pascal (also my favorite), but I think Loie Fuller is super romantic. I've had solid, not amazing, meals there over the last two years. Have a cocktail or two at the bar first and make an evening of it.

      Happy birthday!

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      1. re: invinotheresverde

        Louie Fuller is pretty, but we have already been there. How is Broadway Bistro in that neighborhood? Oh, and I meant Camille on Federal Hill not Carmine...

        1. re: bawc

          The food at Broadway Bistro was, again, solid, but not amazing. It's pretty small in there and gets loud. I like it, but nothing about it says "romantic" to me.

          1. re: invinotheresverde

            Restaurant Bouchard is very good in Newport and perfect for a special occasion. We have been there for birthdays, anniversary, etc..

      2. How about the Castle Hil Inn in Newport. The food is so yummy, the view is amazing and the service is very nice

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        1. re: kidschef

          Newport is a good idea. Which has the best food: Bouchard, Castle Hill, Asterix, Spiced pear? And any info on Elizabeth's? My husband has a nice selection of fine wines, and that is byob

          1. re: bawc

            I would pick Bouchard for the food. We love to go to the Spiced Pear for cocktails, it is very pretty there. I have not heard anything about Elizabeth's for some time. We love Restaurant Lucia in Newport for BYOB, very nice place, not very fancy, but food is good.

            1. re: Alica

              Hi all the above are great and totally romantic Go to Bouchards They have a wonderful romantic B/B all rooms look over Newport Harbor its vert affordable and quaint. Call the Restaurant bouchards and ask for either Sara or Albert they both own the place. Plus the next day you can wonder down thames St and hit the junk shops lol.

              1. re: Frank Terranova

                no overnight for us, we still have a little one at home, and no close family nearby. But I think the round trip is doable for a dinner?

                1. re: Frank Terranova

                  Not food related but, the "junk" shops have been getting a little bit better on Thames which is nice to see. Bouchards really is very elegant, food is fabulous and the service is great.